At the flea market before last (the last one was deluged out — talking of which we now have a burst pipe down the road someplace and no water) I found this folding table and bench set and a R40 offer was accepted. It had a bad crack in one corner, and the struts inside were on their way out. A skilled friend made a new set for me which I fitted with a great deal of labour — the old bolts were rusted fast, one couldn’t get at them with a hacksaw, and finally the only solution was to put such strain on them that they snapped. The new supports work a treat, and I even fashioned a sliding catch to replace one broken and missing (not shown). My repairs on the broken and cracked bits of table will not please the perfectionist, but the parts that show look OK and those that don’t are really sturdy.
The table will be taken to the grandparents’ morning for the Form 1 classes, and we will look down snootily at lesser mortals sitting on their blankets.
I am being kept busy on several highly exciting book-related projects, some of which have already been hinted at.